I heard about a guy named Dave Deshler who made last year (or was it this year?) his "Year of Awesomeness". Unfortunately I've Googled and can't even find a web page about him, only a two sentence blurb about his project in Backpacker Magazine.
I fully intend to make 2011 my Year of Awesomeness but decided to get a jump start on the year by making my first definitive move today. I met with the Board of my businesses main client today and terminated my contract with them effective December 31st. Now for some businesses, that might not be a big deal, after all, you can get other clients, but for me, this was definitely a big deal. Firstly, they are my main client, the one which provides the income to pay my mortgage, and I have been with them for over eight years. Secondly, as many will tell you, because the economy is so crappy, now is hardly a good time to make oneself purposely unemployed. Thirdly, I have never actually quit a job without having something better lined up and in this case, I have exactly nothing lined up. Yikes.
But, after all of the drama at the organization over the past few months, doing this just felt like the right thing to do. It seemed like the natural time to let this situation dissolve into the past and move forward with new projects (what projects, I have no idea).
So here I sit, pondering my future, wired up on caffeine, and feeling unusually free for the first time in decades.
A possible omen of better things to come...I ran across a book at Barnes and Noble today (I think the title was How to Stop Worrying and Start Living) which had a great quote to live by. The way to awesomeness (I'm paraphrasing) is to stop worrying about yesterday, don't worry about tomorrow, but focus on today and be awesome (again, paraphrasing). Definitely words to live by. I can hardly wait to see what awesome things I will do tomorrow.